Everybody gets curious about how plumbing systems work, once in a while. Some of us may need to know how to do general repair work, while others simply want to gain knowledge on doing general maintenance. These tips and hints will give you a little enlightenment on both ends of the spectrum, thus giving you the choice to proceed as you need with your plumbing demands.
You don’t want to end up with frozen pipes, so take preventive action, such as wrapping outside pipes with insulation, and keeping indoor temperatures above freezing at all times. Pipes can freeze when the ambient temperature in the area of the pipes dips below freezing. If you are lucky, you will only experience a minor inconvenience until the pipes thaw. In the worst case, the pipes would burst, and you would be stuck with costly repairs and a very messy cleanup procedure.
To maintain a clean, well-functioning septic tank, it is recommended that you clean it out once every five years. Doing so will help to avoid septic tank problems by ensuring that the tank does not become clogged with sediment. Hiring a professional to pump out your septic tank is costly, but it is far preferable to the damages that could be incurred if the tank becomes backed-up or inoperative.
If your toilet happens to be clogged, and the plunger is not working, you can pour a bucket of hot water down the toilet, but be sure to pour it from a height that is waist level or above so you do not flood the bathroom. Do this as often as necessary if the water level dips back down again.
It will be too late to do some research once you have a leak. In addition, routine maintenance work can help prevent problems before they come up. Use the advice in the article above to maintain and fix your home’s plumbing.